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5th century Persian Coins Seized in Lake Champain

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I am not at all sure what was illegal here.  I see ancient coins all the time for sale in trade.

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Customs and Border Protection officers at the Champlain Port of Entry discovered nine ancient coins being shipped illegally into the U.S.

On Tuesday, June 23, customs officers were notified that seven of the coins were from the Sasanian Empire, dating back to the fifth century in Iran, a time before the arrival of Islam in the region. They were appraised at about $2000.

The other two coins were minted in Armenia.

Officers assigned to the cargo facility first encountered the shipment featuring nine unrecognizable foreign coins in early June. They contacted a specialist from the Numismatic Society to identify them.

Once identified, Customs next contacted the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury, who said the Iranian coins were missing licensing required in order to be imported.

“This is another example of how our officers continue to protect our country and its interests,” said Steve Bronson, Port of Champlain Port Director.  “Our work with multiple agencies, in this case OFAC, prevents unlawful items of this nature from getting into the U.S.”

It is not immediately clear what effect the attempted trafficking of ancient coins specifically has on security interests.

4 months ago

Smuggling will never stop. Famous paintings statues, coins all sorts museum pieces  will continue to be sent to other  other countries illegally. 

4 months ago

Yeah, but I am not sure these coins aren't 100% legal.

4 months ago

Once identified, Customs next contacted the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury, who said the Iranian coins were missing licensing required in order to be imported.

So tell me, I have purchased recieved DOZENS of ancient coins from oversea in the last 5 years and NEVER saw a license... and these are all from legit dealers.

What licensing are they expecting from Iran?

4 months ago
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